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"Want to" or "Have to"

Most Friday mornings, during quail season, my dog Freckles can be heard howling and moaning on the back patio. She refuses to silence herself until I bring her inside to put on her boots for the day. I have never been able to figure out how she knows we are going hunting. Somehow she senses that the day will include hunting. Maybe it is because we don't go walking. Maybe i...

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Game On

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL . . . what can I say? VBS at First Baptist Church is such a special time. More than 380 children, youth, and adults filled the halls, rooms, and every space in between learning about how much our God loves them. Smiles were on everyone's face as they sang in the worship rally about the joy they have in Jesus! I am so thankful for those who choose ...

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Puppies

Puppies are like small children in that they explore the world with their mouths. If they can pick it up, whatever it is, they put it in their mouths in order to experience its taste and texture. Most children have swallowed at least one coin for no valid reason. Once it heads down the esophagus there is no way to stop it. Yes, I was one of those children. Freckles picks...

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Serving at the Pleasure of THE KING

I've heard one variation of a certain phrase on the TV show "Blue Bloods." The main character of the show, the police chief, will say from time to time, "I serve at the pleasure of the Mayor." I've also heard a similar phrase from real life politicians who "Serve at the pleasure of the President." The phrase came to my mind this evening because Christian Service has been...

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Prospects

I needed an address so I clicked on a file I keep shrunk at the bottom of my computer screen. I titled the file "Prospects" when I moved to Weatherford almost seventeen years ago. The file has become home for names, addresses, and phone numbers of people I meet and people who fill out visitor information cards on Sunday mornings. The file has grown to 42 pages of single-sp...

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What We Get or What We Give

At the end of May I had the privilege of "officiating" or performing my first wedding ceremony. Many of you know or would recognize Jayden since she is the student receptionist that sits at the desk by the main entrance in the afternoons. Katy and I have grown to love Corey and Jayden and were thankful to be part of their wedding. It was a fun wedding, and not just because...

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Water

Water given to disciples of Jesus always gains the attention of heaven. Not massive amounts of water but cups of water. Cups filled with less than eight ounces qualify. They contain enough to quench the parched lips of tired disciples. When the twelve went out on mission, they needed to be "helped along" by the gifts of others. No gift, in Jesus' estimation, was more imp...

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Getting Away

Summer is here! Time for get-a-ways, vacations, trips, special outings, and delicious cookouts. Crank out the homemade ice cream and chill the watermelon. Fire up the grill and sit on the back porch. Wet a hook at the lake or journey to the mountains to drink hot coffee on a cool morning. My family and I had the opportunity to spend some time away on Memorial Day weekend...

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Childhood is Wonderful

When I was a child, my parents allowed me to be a child. During the summer, I played with my siblings and my cousins without being on any rigid schedule. We went places and did things at a pace that allowed for many spontaneous activities. My mother has always enjoyed "serendipities" the unexpected pleasures that occur while going through life. More serendipities tend to ...

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Hang In there

As I write this, I'm almost a month into a diet. To say the least, I'm a little behind on my New Year's Resolution. I'll let you in on a little secret: at this point, the jury is still out on whether or not I'm going to succeed. Some days are relatively easy; while others, the clock seems to slow to a halt as I think about what I'm going to eat next. I'm hungry and it's no...

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